|The Innovations in Health IT panel: Marc Winchester (Phreesia, not pictured), Ashwani Kaul (Promantus), Geoff Lawson (Cone Health) and Greg Nelson (ThotWave)|
|Message from THEF's President|
Dear THEF Members and Guests:
I realize with each passing year that time is flying by, and 2014 was certainly no exception. I know that part of this is due to the aging process, unfortunately, but I think another significant factor is the pace with which we are moving in healthcare right now.
For me, my year was made even more exciting by starting a new job shortly after taking the role of THEF president. I have enjoyed my travels around the country, talking to clients and conference attendees about developing, deploying and optimizing analytics within their organizations to improve their operations, outcomes and financial picture.
And I have also enjoyed listening to our THEF members and guests talk at our many networking and education events about the challenges they are facing as part of our industry’s transformation, as well as their rewarding work.
Perhaps no setting was more exciting for me this year than our first day-long program—the THEF Innovation Summit, held October 23 at Embassy Suites in Cary. Our Education Co-Chairs, Rachel Baker and Jonathan Thornhill, along with Committee Members—Jessica Landin and Neil Kinard—coordinated a superb event, which was made possible by the generous sponsorships offered by LabCorp and HealthScape Data. More than 100 participants gathered to listen to three outstanding panels discuss innovations in operations, finance and information technology. Whether he/she was from a provider organization or a vendor or consulting firm, each panelist and moderator spoke candidly and honestly about the state of healthcare and why we must deploy innovation to finally realize the much-needed changes that we have talked about for more than two decades. I left there feeling energized and excited, while also knowing that it will be a wild ride ahead for the months and years to come!
Before I close, I want to take this opportunity to thank our THEF Board for all of their contributions this year. Some of them—Jim Murphy, Jonathan Thornhill, Lauren Warren and Carmen Watley—will be rotating off of the board, and the following Board members will remain for 2015: Rachel Baker, Erika Blackston, Trey Bryant, Julie Emerson, Christa Johnston, Neil Kinard, Jessica Landin, Sarah Mitschke and Banke Olatosi. I am profoundly grateful for their efforts, as well as their friendships—one of the real treasures of being part of a volunteer board.
And with that, I will close this letter and my time as president of the THEF Board. I hope to see you all next year at many of our events, and I encourage you to stay active or get involved in our chapter. You will only get value out of THEF if you put forth the effort to participate in the many opportunities we coordinate for you each year.
Happy holidays to you and your families! May the year ahead be filled with meaningful and fulfilling work, personal and professional growth, rich friendships, adventure and goodness!
Carol Dorn Sanders